Top 10 New Year's Resolutions For You and Your Dog

It’s a new year which means it’s a great time to set up some new goals. Check out our top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for you and your pooch below!

Measure Your Dog’s Food
Do not "eyeball" the amount of food you give your dog, ever. This can result in overfeeding which increases your pooch's chance of gaining weight. Your pet's food guidelines are there for a reason so it is important that you follow them.

Get More Exercise
If you and your doggy have been inactive over the holidays it is best to create a structured plan for the New Year. Understand how much exercise your dog should get in a day (such as 60 minutes) and include that in your daily schedule.

Dog Running
Choose an Appropriate Diet
All dogs are unique which mean that the age and medical issues should come into play when choosing their diet. Puppies have very specific food requirements as they are continuously growing. Also if a dog has a certain condition, it could be helped with the right diet.

Try a New Activity with Your Pooch
There are so many new and out of the ordinary activities you can do with your dog these days. Why not try hiking, yoga with your dog, or a meet-up walk in your city!

Visit Your Vet
Just like you go for a yearly physical with your doctor, your dog should also go for a yearly examination with their vet. There are many medical conditions that can be detected early such as obesity and diabetes. Your vet can also answer all your questions and provide you with advice.

Dog with Vet

Brush Your Pup
It is important to brush your dog on a regular basis as it removes excess fur from the coat and helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The best way to keep tartar and plaque from building up on your dog’s teeth is to brush them as regularly as possible and have them chew on dental bones. This should supplement a cleaning with your vet as this is the best way to keep your dog’s teeth in tip-top shape.

Keep Your Senior Dog Stimulated
It has been proven that mental stimulation in older dogs can help reduce cognitive deterioration. To help keep your senior dog stimulated try teaching them a new trick or create a game where they need to use their senses and memory.

Track Your Dogs Activity
Want to be more involved in your dog’s health? By using a PoochPlay dog activity tracker you can see how much activity they get on a daily basis. It will compare the amount your dog gets to the amount they should get, letting you know if they need more.

Active Dog

Find Another Pooch Pair
One way to keep you and your dog motivated is to find another owner and dog that you could go for walks with. Having another pair that has the same interests and goals as you will help keep you on track.

To find out how you can use a PoochPlay dog activity tracker to help you and your dog reach your goals for 2018 click here. We hope you and your pooch are having a wonderful start to the New Year!